Congratulations to Forty under 40 recipients: Teresa Roof, APR and Chris Verlengia

Congratulations to Forty under 40 recipients: Teresa Roof, APR and Chris Verlengia

Teresa Roof, APR

Congratulations are in order to our fearless leader and president of PRSA Central Iowa Chapter, Teresa Roof, APR. Teresa works as public relations manager at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In this role, she serves as the company spokesperson and addresses media inquiries from national, regional and local media. She is also responsible for creating, implementing and measuring strategic plans to enhance Wellmark’s brand reputation to solidify the company’s position as more than just a health insurer.

Teresa’s experience doesn’t start and end with her role at Wellmark. In addition to her PRSA Central Iowa Chapter board role, Teresa is active in her community. She serves on the board of the Norwalk Parent Teacher Organization and is a member of the marketing committee for Young Women’s Resource Center.

Not only does Teresa have a young daughter and son who are active in Norwalk school activities and sports, she is also a mentor to several professionals with various years of experience.

Chris Verlengia

Another congratulations to PRSA Central Iowa Chapter member, Chris Verlengia. Chris works as the senior brand marketing manager at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In this role, Chris supports the Wellmark brand image through various media and advertisements, as well as placing Wellmark as a brand sponsor for various health-related, community events within Iowa and South Dakota.

He also co-founded and directs the annual Grand Blue Mile, America’s third-largest mile run, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year!

Chris  is self-competitive, and a perfectionist at heart — so he's always looking to challenge himself, exceed expectations and meet (or surpass) his own high standards.

Chris is a husband to Ayden Verlengia, and father to son, J.P., and daughter, Luella.

Des Moines: Forty under 40

In 2019, the Des Moines Business Record announced their 20th annual list of Forty under 40 honorees. These 40 local business leaders, who were chosen by past award winners, are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and deep community involvement.

View the full 2019 Forty under 40 list here.

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